ABOUT THE CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES
The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is an international competition where over 9,000 wines are entered by producers to be tasted and evaluated by a panel of experts. Our seasoned judges from across the globe assess the wines entered. Their sole ambition is to select wines of irreproachable quality, irrespective of their labels or an appellation’s prestige. The competition is one of the foremost international events in its category.
Some background history …
Established by Louis Havaux, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was held for the first time in April 1994 in… Bruges! Although there were ‘only’ 861 entries (a feat in itself considering they were assembled in just two months), the international scope of the event – with 29 participating countries – was already acknowledged.
In 2006, the Concours Mondial decided to flex its international muscle by travelling outside Belgium. The success of this initiative was such that it continued to do so for future events. For over ten years, the competition has travelled the length and breadth of Europe: Lisbon, Maastricht, Bordeaux, Valencia, Palermo, Luxembourg, Guimarães, Bratislava, Jesolo, Plovdiv and Valladolid. Last year, a new milestone was achieved when the competition travelled outside Europe to be hosted by Beijing in China.
Serving consumer interests …
Finding the ‘right’ wine amongst the thousands of commercially available products is no easy task. Even though taste and personal experience are still the best guides, the consumer in search of reliable quality cues can also have complete confidence in medals from the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. The competition has garnered its reputation by rigorously selecting renowned judges of proven expertise. The organisers provide tasting conditions of the highest standard and have invested unsparingly in post-event checks of award-winning wines. Additional analyses are thus carried out regularly on wines that display the precious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles bottle sticker. These checks are conducted so that consumers can rest assured that the ‘Concours Mondial’ seal is a reliable measure of quality.